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Not Interested

May 22, 2007 @ 09:33

Tie Domi has given Global TV a "tell-all" interview that will air on the network tonight and tomorrow night.

I don't know about you, but I find it a little on the slimy side. Apparently he'll talk about his career, his marriage and Belinda Stronach.

To my mind it's a little early for something like this, and leaves the impression that he's anxious to rehabilitate to his reputation no matter what it takes.

I don't know if I'll even bother to watch.

However, if Global could cut the same deal with Leanne Domi, I'd be glued to the television set.

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Buffalo Logic

May 16, 2007 @ 15:56

While driving home from the Kawatha's this afternoon I listened to Buffalo's all-sports radio station WGR.

I wanted to get their take on tonight's hockey game and I got pretty much what I expected.

I realize Leaf fans can be aggravating at times, but they can't challenge Buffalo fans or broadcasters.

From just south of Peterborough, to just east of Scarborough, I listened as WGR's Brad Riter explained how easy it would be for the Sabres to get back into this series.

All they have to do he reasoned, is win tonight and then the series will sit at 3-1, and there are countless examples of teams that have come back from 3-1 deficits in many different sports.

"Make it 3-1" he said, "And Buffalo can easily win the series because the Sabres are winners. They know how to win because they've been winning all season."

Don't get me wrong, I like Brad Riter. He was a guest on the Humble and Fred Show many times over the years and I usually like his perspective.

But this time it was a classic Buffalo perspective. The problem is, the Sabres are down 3-0, and outside of only two times in NHL history has a team battled back from such a deficit.

When a team battles back from a 3-1 deficit it usually means they "didn't" fall behind 3-0 to begin with. But that didn't seem to phase Riter, he's convinced the Sabres are more than capable of pulling this off.

You have to like the optimism, but it was twisted logic that proved to be nothing more than a futile attempt to fill a couple of hours of radio show.


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Visiting Rome

May 16, 2007 @ 15:55

After the "Riter Show" WGR airs the syndicated "Jim Rome Show" out of Los Angeles.

There are a lot of "Jim Rome" fans across North America, but I've got to admit I've never gained much of an appreciation for Rome's act. I think it has something to do with the fact it's so heavily weighted with basketball and the rest of the time is taken up with football and baseball, both pro and college.

And that's fine, if you're an American - but you'd think today Rome might have found the time to mention last night's hockey game.

After all it is the Stanley Cup finals and there's a Los Angeles area team in the conference finals - but not once between twelve o'clock when the show started, and 12:40 when I got home, did Rome mention the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He talked about the NBA playoffs, Major League Baseball and he went on about Brett Favre not attending a Packers mini-camp because of his daughters graduation - but he didn't mention the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Some might argue that he's playing to his audience. He doesn't talk about hockey because he his listeners don't care about hockey.

But to not even mention a playoff game from a Major North American sport, during the first 30 minutes of his show, is just plain bad journalism.

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ABO

May 10, 2007 @ 08:58

Thanks to the Jersey Devils and New York Rangers a lot of us have been put in a shitty situation again. We have to choose a favourite between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators.

It really is a horrible predicament, yet at the same time it's clear cut for me. I want Buffalo to win the Eastern Conference Final.

It was amusing last week when Senators owner Eugene Melnik urged all Leaf fans to do the patriotic thing and throw their support behind the last Canadian team in the playoffs, but that was almost laughable.

Leaf fans are going to fall for that crap, all we have to do is look back to all those series between the Leafs and Senators and remember how rotten and vicious the Ottawa fans were.

After the Leafs eliminated their pack of choke artists (four delicious times) Ottawa fans went out of their way to cheer for whoever the Leafs were playing. ABT.

And then last week while listening to Leafs Lunch Bill Watters revealed how "Canadian" Melnik is. He spends just enough time in the Barbados every year just so he can avoid Canadian taxes.

So Melnik can chew me and the Sens fans can bite me. I want your creepy team to lose, even if it means losing to the goddamn Buffalo Sabres.

But beyond that, we need the Anaheim Ducks or Detroit Red Wings to come through.

Can you imagine a year of Buffalo radio and television if the Sabres ever won the Cup?

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Who's The Idiot

May 10, 2007 @ 08:57

I also got a couple of e-mails from people asking me what I thought about the Leafs raising their tickets prices. And the e-mails were positioned like they expected me to drill the Leaf organization a new arshole.

Sorry, can't do it. MLSE is brilliant.

"There's a sucker born every minute" and the Leafs are feeding off it like any other business would feed off it. The season ticket return is 99 percent.

Don't blame the Leafs for raising ticket prices; blame the assholes who pay it.

End of story.


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Time To Go

May 10, 2007 @ 08:56

Super, the news couldn't be better, Mats Sundin doesn't need surgery, now trade him or let him go.

It makes so much sense the Leafs probably won't do it.

Whether the Leafs sign him and trade him, which would be the preferred route - or whether they just let him go, the Leafs would me much better off to move on from the Sundin era and start all over again.

Even if the Leafs do trade him, they aren't going to get much in return. He's 36 years old, and if he signs the contract will be of a size that nobody will want to bite unless its a super deal.

The Leafs have missed the playoffs two years in a row. The stink. It's time to knock it down and rebuild and dumping the captain is a great place to start.

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Over Before It Began

May 10, 2007 @ 08:55

Talk about a bloody nightmare. The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to be battling the Red Sox and Yankees this year for top spot in the American League East.

But here we are barely into the second month of the season and the Blue Jays are done.

That may sound a little dramatic, but they are. They're finished.

Right now they trail the Red Sox my nine and a half games. Look me in the face and tell me the Jays can make that up.

And forget about the wild-card, the Jays will finish closer to the division lead in the east, than they will the wild card. Take my word for it.

What a train wreck.

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Let's Get Doan

May 8, 2007 @ 08:45

And on the subject of bad government, after what happened last week I've become a huge Shane Doan fan. I love the guy so much I want him to become a Leaf.

Last week was a sad and embarrassing day for our country and having Doan score three goals on Friday was a fantastic example of poetic justice.

How about this? The Leafs sign Mats Sundin, and then immediately trade him to Phoenix.

I realize Doan doesn't have the skill set that Sundin has, but he's younger and he obviously performs better under pressure.


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It Was 40 Years Ago Today

May 2, 2007 @ 09:15

Yes, it was 40 years ago today that the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup and I have vivid memories of that night.

I was living on Chopin Ave. in Scarborough and I was watching the game with my brother and dad until I fell asleep sometime in the third period. I was nine years old.

I remember my dad shaking me as the final seconds ticked down because he wanted me to see the Leaf celebration.

At the time, it wasn't a huge deal in Toronto because it was the Leafs fourth Stanley Cup of the 60's and there was no reason to think there wouldn't be several more in the years to come.

Little did we know.


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Bad Planning

April 30, 2007 @ 09:15

On Friday I had a posting about the new stadium down at Exhibition Place, called BMO Field.

Like most of you, it bothers me that public money is used for stadiums but while watching Toronto FC's game against Kansas City I had an idea - the Argonauts should play there.

Not a bad seat in the house with 20 thousand right on top of the field. It would be great for the Argos, like the Montreal Alouettes they could create demand and make it the hottest ticket in town.

And who knows, maybe this could lead to the addition of an upper deck on the east side and Toronto could have its 30 thousand seat outdoor football stadium.

But there's a problem with all this excitement. BMO Field is not big enough for a CFL field. Not even close.

A CFL field has to be at least 150 yards long including the end zones, and BMO Field is just over 100 yards long and that's with the nets pushed right back against the stands.

You might remember the original plan was for a soccer/football stadium to be built at York University, and that stadium would have had end zone seats on rollers which would have allowed for a CFL field.

No such provision was made at BMO Field because the Argonauts backed out of the association and signed a deal with Ted Rogers at the dome.

Too bad.

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